Fortnite v9.10 Patch Notes Are Here, Introduces New Map Hot Spots for More Loot

Fortnite v9.10 Patch Notes Are Here, Introduces New Map Hot Spots for More Loot

And the Semi-Auto Sniper is back!

Roll up, roll up, there's some new Fortnite patch notes in town. This is patch v9.10 for Battle Royale, with the headline addition being new 'Hot Spots' on the map.

The new Hot Spots are randomly selected locations on the Battle Royale map. These locations will have a higher loot drop rate, with an increase in the chances of a Supply Drop landing in the zone.

A new Loot Carrier inside the Hot Spots. | Epic

At the beginning of the game, Hot Spots will be marked with gold text on the map. There'll always be a minimum of one Hot Spot on the map featuring the Loot Carriers pictured above, which you can shoot down for a Rare or higher quality weapon, plus two stacks of ammo. Hot Spots can feature between 12 and 16 Loot Carriers, depending on where they're found on the map.

For this week's LTM rotation, Sniper Shootout Duos, Unvaulted Squads, and Close Encounters Squads are back in Battle Royale. The first of these modes pits fifty teams of two players against one another with nothing but scoped weapons, while Unvaulted brings back weapons and other items that were previously taken out of the game by Epic. Finally, Close Encounters gives you Shotguns and Jetpacks only, which makes for some pretty chaotic action.

The Shadow Bombs were only recently added to Fortnite Battle Royale, but patch v9.10 is reducing their availability. You now stand less of a chance of gaining Shadow Bombs from floor loot and chest loot, and the drop count for the bombs is reduced from three to two.

The Fortnite v9.10 patch also brings back the Semi-Auto Sniper. Arguably one of the most powerful guns in the game, you can now get the Semi-Auto Sniper from vending machines, chests, and as floor loot, in Uncommon and Rare variants.

If it's more Fortnite content you're craving, then you've come to the right place. You can continue ahead to our general Fortnie tips page, or our in depth Fortnite best weapons guide for more. There's also our Fortnite Rune locations page, as well as our guide ranking the best Fortnite skins currently on offer.

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